Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Macon County Line
Macon County Line is a 1974 American independent film directed by Richard Compton and produced by Max Baer, Jr. Baer and Compton also co-wrote the film, in which Baer stars as a vengeful county sheriff in Georgia out for blood after his wife is brutally raped and then killed by a pair of drifters.The $225,000 film reportedly became the most profitable film of 1974 (in cost-to-gross ratio), earning $18.8 million in North America and over $30 million worldwide. The film is docudrama in tone. Although it was presented as "a true story" to attract a wider audience (much like the Hollywood revisionist film Walking Tall of 1973), its plot and characters are entirely fictional. The film is one of several so-called "drive-in" films that were presented as true stories (à la 1972's The Legend of Boggy Creek; 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre; and 1976's Jackson County Jail and The Town That Dreaded Sundown). This film and the others mentioned have all gone onto enjoy a huge cult following.